I adored Margaret Thatcher, and though I was upset that Meryl Streep snatched the Academy Award for Best Actress from the very deserving Glenn Close for The Secret Life of Albert Nobbs, I have to admit her performance was flawless as The Iron Lady.
Flawless, too is this 1929 Tudor at 3824 Shenandoah newly listed by Christine McKenny remodeled with more than an iron fist, taken down to the studs, and beautifully, tastefully updated. Like, I want it, I want it all! Very British: mahogany doors, solid brass hardware and Broussard light fixtures, all very classic, antique marble surround on the formal living room fireplace, and Morning Glory crown moldings to gaze at over your cup of tea. They kept all original stained glass windows, added an Oxford-influenced courtyard, a study and a gourmet kitchen that is about the only thing un-English about this home — it’s gourmet: Costa Esmerelda granite not only on the counters but the backsplash, an island bigger than the Isle of Man, 60-inch Wolf gas range and ovens with griddle, Hoshizaki and Kitchen Aid ice makers for gin and tonics, the biggest Sub-Zeros, twin Asko dishwashers, all fixtures by Chapman & Waterworks. The home is conservatively priced at $5,250,000.
The master bedroom also has custom molding and an exquisite Chapman chandelier. That master bath is straight out of The Savoy with it’s dark woodwork and deep soaking tub AND, of course, a bidet. Honestly, why don’t more million-dollar plus homes have bidets? All windows are new mahogany with low-e insulated glass save for the original stained glass.
You also will never run out of hot water the way you might in many a London flat with the tankless hot water heater and it comes instantly — oh how Margaret would have loved that! Also, no winter chills: spray foam insulation. I’m told there is also a generator to keep the lights on during blackouts… this home would have been more than perfect for the former British Prime Minister, may she rest in peace.